In this essay, we explore the idea that the use of Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) techniques in the quest for social justice, transformation, and liberation can be enhanced through application of a skill set called systems thinking. We facilitated a workshop at the 2015 Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed conference in which we presented a brief introductory course in systems thinking, led guided practice using the method, and invited sharing and reflection about the fusion of systems thinking and TO. We explain the workshop in detail, discuss its impact on participants, and offer future directions for considering the important contributions of systems thinking to TO practice.
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Luong, Jennifer and Arnold, Ross
"Enhancing the Effects of Theatre of the Oppressed through Systems Thinking: Reflections on an Applied Workshop,"
Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal: Vol. 1, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/ptoj/vol1/iss1/8